Sunday Orders of Service

A Service of Word and Praise for 5th July 2020

The Fourth Sunday after Trinity


¶         Gathering




The minister offers words of welcome, gathering us into God’s presence, and introduces the first hymn:




Morning has broken
like the first morning;
blackbird has spoken
like the first bird.
Praise for the singing!
Praise for the morning!
Praise for them springing,
fresh from the Word!

Sweet the rain's new fall,
sunlit from heaven,
like the first dew-fall
on the first grass.
Praise for the sweetness
of the wet garden,
sprung from completeness
where his feet pass.

Mine is the sunlight!
Mine is the morning
born of the one light
Eden saw play!
Praise with elation,
praise ev'ry morning,
God's re-creation
of the new day!



Leader: Let us worship God:


              We have come together as the family of God

              in our Father’s presence

              to offer him praise and thanksgiving

              to hear his holy word,

              to bring before him the needs of the world,

              to ask his forgiveness of our sins,

              and to seek his grace.




Leader:  Let us confess our sins in penitence and faith,
              firmly resolved to keep God’s commandments
              and to live in love and peace with all.


All:         Almighty God our heavenly Father,
              we have sinned against you and against our neighbour,
              in thought, word and deed,
              through negligence, through weakness,
              through our own deliberate fault.
              We are truly sorry and repent of all our sins.
              Forgive us all that is past;
              and grant that we may serve you in newness of life
              to the glory of your name. 



The Priest says:

              Almighty God,

              who forgives all who truly repent,

              have mercy upon you,

              pardon and deliver you from all your sins,

              confirm and strengthen you in all goodness,

              and keep you in life eternal.

              Through Jesus Christ our Lord.



The Collect

(Prayer for the Day)

A minister prays:


O God,
the protector of all who trust in you,
without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy:
increase and multiply upon us your mercy;
that with you as our ruler and guide
we may so pass through things temporal
that we lose not our hold on things eternal;
grant this, heavenly Father,

For our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.



¶         The Ministry of the Word

First Reading

Romans 7:15-25a

A reading from St Paul’s letter to the Romans:

I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good. But in fact it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot do it. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me.

So I find it to be a law that when I want to do what is good, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God in my inmost self, but I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind, making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!

So then, with my mind I am a slave to the law of God, but with my flesh I am a slave to the law of sin.


For the word of the Lord.

All:        Thanks be to God.



I, the Lord of sea and sky,
I have heard my people cry.
All who dwell in dark and sin
my hand will save.
I who made the stars of night,
I will make their darkness bright.
Who will bear my light to them?
Whom shall I send?

Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord?
I have heard you calling in the night.
I will go, Lord, if you lead me.
I will hold your people in my heart.

I, the Lord of snow and rain,
I have borne my people’s pain.
I have wept with love for them.
They turn away.
I will break their hearts of stone,
give them hearts for love alone.
I will speak my word to them.
Whom shall I send?

I, the Lord of wind and flame,
I will tend the poor and lame,
I will set a feast for them.
My hand will save.
Finest bread I will provide
till their hearts are satisfied.
I will give my life to them.
Whom shall I send?

                                                                            (based on Isaiah 6)

Text and music © Daniel L Schutte and New Dawn Music



Gospel Reading

Matthew 11:16-19, 25-end


[Jesus said] ‘But to what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the market-places and calling to one another,

“We played the flute for you, and you did not dance;
 we wailed, and you did not mourn.”

For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, “He has a demon”; the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, “Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax-collectors and sinners!” Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.’

At that time Jesus said, ‘I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.’




Revd Sally



Music for reflection



Affirmation of Faith


Leader: Let us affirm our faith together:


All:         We believe in God the Father,
              from whom every family
              in heaven and earth is named.

              We believe in God the Son,
              who lives in our hearts through faith,
              and fills us with his love.

              We believe in God the Holy Spirit,
              who strengthens us
              with power from on high.

              We believe in one God;
              Father, Son and Holy Spirit.


Prayers of Intercession



followed by The Lord’s prayer: 


Leader: Let us pray in confidence, the Prayer that Jesus taught us:


              Our Father, who art in heaven,
              hallowed be thy name;
              thy kingdom come;
              thy will be done;
              on earth as it is in heaven.

              Give us this day our daily bread.
              And forgive us our trespasses,
              as we forgive those who trespass against us.
              And lead us not into temptation;
              but deliver us from evil.
              For thine is the kingdom,
              the power and the glory,
            for ever and ever.



(Tune: Londonderry Air)


I cannot tell how he whom angels worship
should stoop to love the peoples of the earth,
or why as shepherd he should seek the wand’rer
with his mysterious promise of new birth.
But this I know, that he was born of Mary,
when Bethl’em’s manger was his only home,
and that he lived at Nazareth and laboured,
and so the Saviour, Saviour of the world, is come.


I cannot tell how silently he suffered,
as with his peace he graced this place of tears,
or how his heart upon the cross was broken,
the crown of pain to three and thirty years.
But this I know, he heals the broken-hearted,
and stays our sin, and calms our lurking fear,
and lifts the burden from the heavy laden,
for yet the Saviour, Saviour of the world, is here.


I cannot tell how he will win the nations,
how he will claim his earthly heritage,
how satisfy the needs and aspirations –

of east and west, of sinner and of sage.
But this I know, all flesh shall see his glory,
and he shall reap the harvest he has sown,
and some glad day his sun shall shine in splendour
when he the Saviour, Saviour of the world, is known.


I cannot tell how all the lands shall worship,
when, at his bidding, ev’ry storm is stilled,
or who can say how great the jubilation
when ev’ry heart with perfect love is filled.
But this I know, the skies will thrill with rapture,
and myriad, myriad human voices sing,
and earth to heav’n, and heav’n to earth, will answer:

‘At last the Saviour, Saviour of the world, is King!’




¶         Dismissal



Closing Prayer


Leader:       Eternal God,
                   comfort of the afflicted and healer of the broken,
                   you have fed us at the table of life and hope:
                   teach us the ways of gentleness and peace,
                   that all the world may acknowledge
                   the kingdom of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

All:               Amen.


Blessing & Dismissal

The Priest pronounces the Blessing:

                The peace of God,
                which passes all understanding,
                keep your hearts and minds
                in the knowledge and love of God,
                and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord;
                and the blessing of God almighty,
                the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
                be with you, and all those whom you love,
                today and always.

All:          Amen.


Leader:  Let us go in the peace of Christ. 


All:         Thanks be to God. 



Organ Voluntary

Director of Music: James Lilwall



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